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147 door clacking.

Having recently changed the near-side door on the 147 I decided to take the old door strap apart to find out why it gave the double clack when the door was opened. The fastener to the 'L' shaped part and strap was removed by grinding away the peened over bit, the fastener was then gently drifted away to leave the 'L' part and the strap. There were the remains of a black plastic washer present. The strap has an insert that seems to be just made out of sheet metal bent over both sides of the hole but it was the fastener that had wear on one side allowing some appreciable play in the joint. So I went out to the shed, which is full of discarded bits and pieces and was, after some delving, able to find unused motorcycle chain connectors. On dismantling a suitably sized link I found the outer roller fitted nicely into the strap and the inner roller into the "'L' part. All I need is to use a nut and bolt, and perhaps a spacing washer, and I think I'll try it out on the driver's door strap. I know I could quite easily go and buy a new strap for not very much, but I come from a time when we refurbished parts. I did the gear change linkage the other day, the one that prevents easy 2nd to 3rd changes, by taking that apart, easing the plastic bushes and putting that all together after fitting a grease nipple to the casting so that it can get a squeeze of grease occasionally.
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